Pratap Sarnaik
Pratap Sarnaik

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is conducting searches at multiple places in Mumbai and Thane in relation to a money laundering case.

“ED is conducting searches on Tops group promoters and related members including some politicians. ED is conducting searches around 10 places in Mumbai and Thane,” sources said.

The premises allegedly linked to Thane based Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik are also among those which are being searched.

Pratap Sarnaik is the Shiv Sena MLA from the Ovala-Majiwada constituency in Thane.

Enforcement Directorate officials has also detained Sarnaik's son Vihang Sarnaik from their residence in Thane.

Sarnaik has been vocal about many issues and is also the spokesperson of Shiv Sena.

Recently, Sarnaik, in a tweet, had demanded that actress Kangana Ranaut be booked for sedition for comparing Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The Shiv Sena MLA on September 8 had moved a privilege motion in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly against Republic TV’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami for allegedly insulting the Maharashtra Assembly and conducting a media trial.

He has also spoken in support of Anvay Naik, an architect and interior designer from Alibaug in Raigad district and his mother, who had allegedly committed suicide in May 2018.

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